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Illinois Representative Jeff Keicher (left), NIU President Lisa Freeman and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker in conversation after a press conference Tuesday. During this press conference, Pritzker spoke on college funding and ensuring affordable education for Illinois students. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Pritzker discusses college funding at NIU

By Joseph Howerton, News Reporter | April 4, 2023

Editor's note: This piece was updated at approximately 3 p.m. on Tuesday to include more information. DeKALB – With a historic push on higher education, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker emphasized the funding that his proposed fiscal year 2024 budget...

Protesters battle MAP cuts

Protesters battle MAP cuts

By Clarissa Hinshaw | November 7, 2016

Mayor John Rey addresses attendees during the Monetary Award Program Grant rally Thursday in the MLK Commons.

Illinois to pay for MAP grants

By Northern Star staff | April 25, 2016

Correction: The amended bill would give close to half of MAP funding needed at about $170 million and would give NIU about $26.5 million, less than a third of what they received last year. The act will be valid for costs incurred prior to Sept. 1, 2016. Monetary...

Editorial: NIU should set a plan of options for students with MAP grants

By Northern Star editorial board | April 14, 2016

NIU should create a more thorough back-up plan for Monetary Award Program grant recipients in case MAP state appropriations are not given out.MAP grants, based solely on financial need, are given to Illinois residents who attend approved Illinois colleges,...

Baker: Employees will not see immediate cuts

By Scott Nicol | February 15, 2016

Despite more than 200 positions remaining unfilled since September, NIU faculty and staff are not in immediate danger of being laid off because of the state budget impasse.Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Fiscal Year 2016 proposed budget includes a reduction in...

Rep. Pritchard sponsors bill to help higher education’s ‘financial crisis’

By Alexander Chettiath | February 4, 2016

Correction: The Northern Star incorrectly reported that Keisha Dyson, director of Marketing and Communications at Governors State University, said Governors State University cannot plan for summer 2016 and fall 2016 without a reasonable operating budget.Dyson...

Students and community members demonstrate Oct. 29 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Commons for an end to the Illinois budget impasse between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly. A topic frequently mentioned at the rally was the funding of MAP grants.

Financial Aid Office announces early cutoff for MAP grant awards

By Northern Star staff | January 20, 2016

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission, which allocates financial aid funding, anticipates an early cutoff this year for MAP grant awards, according to a Student Financial Aid Office email.Illinois residents who file the FAFSA are chosen on a first-come,...

Faculty Senate: Fund MAP grants

By Jackie Nevarez | October 26, 2015

Faculty Senate will propose a resolution to Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state legislature to urge an end to the budget impasse and fund Monetary Assistance Program grants.The resolution, which is set to be proposed at a Wednesday meeting, addresses Rauner’s...

Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs talks to a group of 16 NIU and DeKalb leaders Monday during a round table discussion in the Holmes Student Center Sky Room. Students are seven times more likely to go to college if they know they have the financial means to do so, said Frerichs, who visited NIU to express his support for MAP funding, among other things.  

Treasurer: MAP grant should be priority

By Jackie Nevarez | September 3, 2015

Ill. Treasurer Mike Frerichs said it is the responsibility of both Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly to step up and pass a budget so educational funding may be dispersed.“The way our government is set up, no one has a monopoly. We don’t have...

MAP Grant credit good move for NIU

By Northern Star Editorial Board | August 26, 2015

Northern Star Editorial boardNIU did the right thing when it credited MAP grant recipients in the midst of a state-wide budget impasse, an action Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner needs to take note of.With no budget in sight, more than 5,000 NIU students...

Students can join in on MAP Matters

By Northern Star Staff | April 22, 2014

Illinois college students are encouraged to join Gov. Pat Quinn in Springfield for MAP Matters Day.Quinn will stand up at 12:30 April 30 during a gathering in the state capitol to ask for lawmakers to double MAP grant funding.Illinois allocates $373 million...

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers the State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday in Springfield

Quinn has big plans for students

By Jackie Nevarez | January 30, 2014

Gov. Pat Quinn delivered the State of the State Wednesday, an address filled with ambitious promises to lay the foundation for a better Illinois.His goals, although commendable and attainable, lack crucial elements that would benefit students.Education...